Cur­rie fam­ily’s plaque ded­i­cated

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Nom­i­nee for the leader of the Cur­rie fam­ily, Robert Cur­rie, and a con­tin­gent of fam­ily, friends, sup­port­ers and other Cur­ries have ded­i­cated a plaque in the an­cient Clachan Church in Shisk­ine in mem­ory of all of the Cur­ries of Ar­ran.

Fol­low­ing the sub­mis­sion as a pos­si­ble can­di­date for the leader of the fam­ily group, while await­ing the de­ci­sion of the Lord Lyon in de­ter­min­ing the po­si­tion known as the Com­man­der, Robert Cur­rie, pres­i­dent of the Clan Cur­rie So­ci­ety, spent three days on Ar­ran en­joy­ing his an­ces­tral home­land where his fam­ily orig­i­nated from Shisk­ine.

Strictly speak­ing, the Cur­rie fam­ily does not fit the his­tor­i­cal def­i­ni­tion of a High­land clan and of­fi­cially are re­ferred to as a Learned Kin­dred in­stead of a clan, a dis­tinc­tion which the Cur­ries re­spect­fully ob­serve.

Robert said: ‘The Cur­ries’ time on Ar­ran has been won­der­ful and wel- com­ing. Ar­ran has so much to of­fer, even if you’re not a Cur­rie. We’ve en­joyed great meals, an en­er­getic if not just a bit ex­haust­ing ceilidh – com­plete with an out­stand­ing High­land fling by Roy Cur­rie of Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­va­nia – sam­pling some of Ar­ran’s finest whisky and in­cred­i­ble scenery marked by lush hills of heather, streams and water­falls, fields of sheep and Lochranza Cas­tle com­plete with a piper.

‘For me, per­son­ally, and I sus­pect our en­tire group, the most im­por­tant mem­ory of our time here was the ser­vice at the Clachan Church where we ded­i­cated a memo­rial plaque hon­our­ing all the Cur­ries of Ar­ran dur­ing an emo­tional and in­spir­ing ser­vice led by the Rev An­gus Adam­son and Rev David Cur­rie.’

The rous­ing ser­vice with an apt ded­i­ca­tion by the Rev An­gus Adam­son took place on a wet day with the min­is­ter also pip­ing the as­sem­bled group in and out of the an­cient roof­less church be­fore con­duct­ing a fur­ther ser­vice at St Mo­lios Church in Shisk­ine, thank­fully in some­what drier weather.

Con­clud­ing what was an emo­tional visit, Philip Cur­rie, who is the son of Rev David Cur­rie, en­sured that his visit would be me­morable by propos­ing to his part­ner, Kelly Matune, who ac­cepted his pro­posal on the hills over­look­ing Brod­ick Cas­tle.


Robert Cur­rie and his wife Suzanne join the Rev An­gus Adam­son in ded­i­cat­ing a plaque at the Clachan Church in Shisk­ine.


The ru­ins of the Clachan Church, which oc­cu­pies a re­li­gious site dat­ing back to druidic times.


De­spite the weather, at­ten­dees at the ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony en­joyed the ser­vice ded­i­cated to all of the Cur­ries of Ar­ran.


Philip Roy Cur­rie pro­posed to Kelly Dolan Matune on the hills above Brod­ick Cas­tle.

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